Saturday, 16 April 2011

Week 68 - Kraznogorsk FT-2 panoramic camera

This is a Russian swing lens panoramic camera, one of the ancestors of the Horizon 202 that I used in week 15. The serial number shows that this example was made in 1962. Like the Horizon, this camera has a 120 degree horizontal view, but as it has a 50mm lens, compared with the 28mm lens on the Horizon, the aspect ratio is much wider, with the negatives being 110mm wide (the Horizon's are 58mm). The only adjustment that can be made is to the shutter speed, with speeds of 1/400th 1/200th and 1/100th of a second. The aperture is fixed at f5 (the lens is the Industar 50mm f3.5 - but the narrow slot through which the light passes restricts the aperture to f5. There is no focus adjustment, the hyperfocal distance is apparently set so that everything from 10m to infinity is in focus.

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